Wrongful Convictions Essay

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Wrongful Convictions Not a day goes by that we do not hear on the news or read in a newspaper about a crime that has been committed. As of today, many people have been and still are wrongfully convicted. Many innocent people will die in prison because of being wrongfully convicted. Most of them are in there because of eyewitness misidentification, false confessions or lack of DNA evidence. This could be avoided if more caution was observed during the investigation process. Proper and accurate evidence should be the key to solving all investigations. An important piece of evidence is an eyewitness. Anyone can say he did it or she did it, but an eyewitness has to actually be at the scene of the crime and witness it taking place in order to stand and testify in a court of law as defined in The Oxford Dictionary.(“eyewitness”). Everyone has different features even if we are of the same race. People have tattoos, piercings and birth marks that can make them stand out. Therefore, eyewitnesses in any criminal case should be more accurate when choosing a suspect. Society needs to think about all the innocent people. The Criminal Justice System locks up innocent people and yet innocent people are still getting killed. Eyewitness misidentification has proven to be the leading cause for wrongful convictions, according to The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992, for the purpose of assisting prisoners to be proven innocent through DNA evidence. To date, 300 people in the United States have been exonerated through DNA testing. The Innocence Project's attorneys and Cardozo clinic students have assisted in the majority of these cases. In 194 exoneration cases 75% included eyewitness misidentification as read in the article, The Genetics of Innocence Analysis of 194 U.S. DNA Exonerations. Exonerations have proven that there have been way too suspects
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